Indulge Yourself

The venue

The Chiron Clinic

The service

Facial and body acupuncture

The verdict

"De-puff your face," those were the words that persuaded me into trying facial acupuncture. I was aware that it wouldn't hurt. Having done everything from laser to lip fillers prior to this, acupuncture was a treatment I knew I would see instant results, not just on the surface, but from the inside. Dr. Lanalle, Founder of The Chiron Clinic, sat me down to explain the process.

Facial and body acupuncture is an invasive organic treatment that is slowly gaining popularity. We learn that most women try it out as a beauty treatment, however, after achieving great results, continue to do so due to the benefits. After analysing my skin, I was informed that if I continued with facial acupuncture twice a year, I wouldn't need botox in the future. At the bed, my ears were pricked first with fine sterile needles to calm the body.

My face was then pulled up, all the way from my chin to the head, to prick the scalp with three needles. The area that had a little discomfort was below the jawline, and I was told this is either due to a blockage of energy or because I grind my teeth a lot. My kidney energy was analysed during the process, through my pulse, and I was given tips on how to increase it — have around 20 goji berries a day, and brisk walk or jog. My legs, feet and arms were pricked too.

Once done, I was asked to rest for 20 minutes to allow the needles to improve blood and energy circulation, increase natural collagen production and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin. Other benefits include calming regular breakouts, controlling rosacea by reducing redness, and tightening and toning of the skin. My skin felt refreshed, as though I had a sound eight-to ten-hours sleep. I did notice a slight lift as well, with my jawline now being a bit sculpted.

To notice drastic improvement, you obviously have to continue the sessions. There's no doubt I'm going back, not just for acupuncture, but for their DNA-age test and a full-body massage too. Think of The Chiron Clinic as your one-stop-shop to heal the body. Walk in, explain your problem — be it digestion, irregular sleep patterns, weight loss difficulty, or body misalignment— and Dr. Lanalle and her team have a solution.

Lanalle Dunn